UPDATE Meth bust among largest in county history

first_imgThe Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force seized 74 pounds of crystal meth in a series of raids earlier this week. In 2011, the then Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force seized more than 16 pounds of meth following the search of several Vancouver locations, including downtown restaurant-nightclub El Parral.In 2008, a Vancouver police Neighborhood Response Team seized 18 pounds of meth while investigating a forgery case in La Center.Police announced Wednesday that they made a $1 million methamphetamine bust earlier this week, the largest single meth seizure in county history.After serving a series of search warrants Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force recovered 74 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from an apartment at 11304 S.E. 10th St. in Cascade Park, Cmdr. Mike Cooke said Wednesday morning. The apartment was allegedly used as a safe house for drug traffickers, police said.The value of the meth is estimated to be about $932,400 based on a street price of $12,600 per pound, the sheriff’s office said.That’s the bulk price, said Sgt. Shane Gardner, a sheriff’s office spokesman. If sold on the street, where a typical person will use an amount the size of a sugar packet, it could be worth more, he said.Santos Camacho-Cardenas, 23, of Vancouver was arrested at the apartment on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. He is in the Clark County Jail on $250,000 bail with an immigrations hold, the sheriff’s office said.Amy Hill, Al Angelo Company community supervisor, said her company was caught off guard by the drug activity at the Cascades Apartments. Security personnel hired by the apartments didn’t notice suspicious activity and management didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary during an inspection about a month ago.last_img

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